Run Time: 1 hour 55 minutes


4.7 / 5

Barry Seal was just an ordinary pilot who worked for TWA before he was recruited by the CIA in 1978. His work in South America eventually caught the eye of the Medellín Cartel, associated with Pablo Escobar, who needed a man with his skill set. Barry became a drug trafficker, gun smuggler and money launderer. Soon acquiring the title, ‘The gringo that always delivers’.

Very entertaining film! Especially great if you’ve been keeping up with ‘Narcos‘ via Netflix. It isn’t necessary to watch beforehand, but the knowledge of what was going on during that time period is nice. In the film, you get to see another side of the early Medellín Cartel.

There are many twists and turns in this film. This definitely helps keep the pacing going well and the action coming.

Interesting to see how the USA government directly and/or indirectly dabbles into being a part of the cog of the drug war machine.

Tom Cruise is great in this role, along with Domhnall Gleeson.

The nice thing is that the love interests are a bit pivotal to the storyline, yet don’t detract much. In some respects, those scenes are still a part of the action.

The ending is a bit sad, as you know Barry Seal’s fate is doomed. A bit of an insight into how governments use any and all people, despite being made up of people. Drug cartels are notorious for handling loose ends; at least in the respect of this particular time frame portrayed.

Very satisfying film to watch



Action, biopic, comedic, and entertaining

Nice insight to the War on Drugs during the late 1970s through 1980s



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